The Ente Autonomo Fiera Internazionale di Milano, established and set up under Royal Decree dated 1 July 1922, operates as a private foundation.
Article No. 1 of the Fondazione Fiera Milano Articles of Association
Fondazione Fiera Milano has been one of the first drivers of Milan’s economic and urban development, and, in this role, in 2002 began construction of fieramilano in Rho. At the same time, it initiated the process for redevelopment of the fieramilanocity trade show district.
It is currently the owner of fieramilano, fieramilanocity and Mi-Co Milano Congressi in Milan ‒ one of the largest and most modern congress centers in Europe ‒ and promotes the organization of domestic and international events that are compatible with the surrounding area. It is the majority shareholder of Fiera Milano Spa, a leading company in the organization of trade shows, congresses and events and has a controlling interest in Fiera Parking Spa.
Fondazione Fiera Milano also includes a Research Service department, an Academy, and Historical Archives – three important resources that the Fiera Milano Group, as well as other corporations operating in the fair and public sectors can access for the development of cultural projects and social and economic research.
For its present and future initiatives, Fondazione Fiera Milano sets out to operate as a proactive shareholder and an institutional investor: two strategic objectives that will further qualify its role.
As proactive shareholder, Fondazione Fiera Milano intends to strengthen the role of Fiera Milano Spa, through a series of investments to increase national and international competitiveness as well as to improve the sustainability of its exhibition-congress facilities. The Mi-Co conference venue has in fact become an ever more appealing factor for Milan, putting the city on the map of the world’s greatest international convention destinations.
As institutional investor, Fondazione Fiera Milano will implement its long-term investments while also providing support to exhibition and congress activities in order to enhance the territory through initiatives of venture philanthropy in specific sectors, including services for the community, scientific research, art, culture, and sport.